Even the Worst Mass Shootings Prompted Few Changes in Gun Laws


Despite spontaneous promises of gun reforms following the worst mass shootings in the U.S., few legislative measures gain passage, reports ProPublica. The investigative news website found that while legislators in Virginia, Alabama, Arizona, New York, Texas and Colorado sometimes contemplated tightening rules after rampage shootings, gun control measures were not enacted. In fact, several states have made it easier to buy more guns and take them to more places.

In Virginia, where a student killed 32 students and faculty members at Virginia Tech in April 2007, then-Gov. Tim Kaine assigned a blue-ribbon task force to examine gun policies in the state. It made dozens of recommendations, including more thorough background checks for gun purchasers and a ban on firearms on college campuses. None of the recommendations became law. After former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head in a hail of bullets that killed six and wounded 13, a bill was introduced in the state legislature to limit gun magazines to 10 bullets. It failed in the face of pressure from the gun lobby. And in March 2012, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed a bill with the opposite effect, forbidding the Arizona Game and Fish Commission from limiting magazine capacity for any gun approved for hunting.

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